raper staff

1) The meaning is not absolutely clear, but it was evidently a weapon, perhaps similar to a pikestaff, with a short blade or rapier fastened into a wooden handle.

1559 to George Parker my brother one raper sword, Rothwell

1568 An Armyng Sword with a pare of gawntletes ... a Rap [sic] to put in a staff ... twelve Cootes of playt, Healaugh

1677-8 found two earthen pots full of rendred tallow, and a broken raper staffe, two poakes full of woll, Wetherby.

dates 1559 1568 1677-1678

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